Why Yoga Therapy?
Yoga philosophy teaches us that our true nature is a place of balance, clarity and joy. However often we instead find ourselves in a place of imbalance. Maybe we notice tightness or uncomfortableness in the body like pain in the back or a strained neck. Or perhaps we notice something physiological like high blood pressure, difficulty sleeping, metabolic disorders, agitated breathing patterns, etc. Others may notice it more on the mental level with regard to thought patterns, memory issues or the ability to concentrate. Or we can feel emotionally disturbed or spiritually confused. From the perspective of yoga therapy, these are all considered imbalances in the human system and each of these layers of the system can impact the other. And we can certainly experience disturbances in more than one layer. We can have an emotional issue that can manifest in the physiological, mental, or physical body and we can have a physical issue that can manifest in the physiological, mental, or emotional level of our human system. Examples of these may be when depression impacts our physical body. Or when our physical pain can contribute to depression. Or how our anxiety affects our breathing patterns which can lead to panic. Our mother in law really can be a pain in the neck. A bridge to balance is possibly available through the tools of yoga therapy; physical postures, breathing, meditation, sound, and others.
I have been extensively trained in the use of these tools, and how to use them to self- empower you to encourage your system towards wellness. Because of my background in mental health many of those who come to me initially present with anxiety or depression or both. In yoga therapy there is the ability to make a distinction between depression in the body and depression in the mind, or anxiety in the body and anxiety in the mind. The individualized yoga therapy practice can be designed to address these differences.
Additionally, often when we are out of balance it shows up in other symptoms such as sleep struggles, problems with digestion, difficulty in communication, etc. As you come into better balance often these other issues may improve too.